If you have struggled for years to lose weight, you should consider having a gastric band inserted. It is a relatively low-risk procedure and can give great results.
You will need to know all the risks that are associated with the surgery and make sure you qualify. To qualify, you should have a BMI above 40, which is considered morbidly obese. Alternatively, you will need to be a hundred or more pounds overweight.
Lastly, to qualify for gastric band surgery, you must be suffering from a condition that is caused by being obese, including, but not limited to hypertension, type 2 diabetes, etc.
You must remember that after gastric band surgery, you will have to continue to come to the doctor to have your band adjusted.
Getting Gastric Band Surgery
If you decide you want to get gastric band surgery and have talked to your doctor about it, you should make the appointment to have it inserted.
A gastric band is used to section off the stomach into two spaces. The top space is only about a half-cup in volume and is where the food enters after it is chewed and swallowed.
The food fills this cavity and the body tells itself that it is full. The food will then enter the bottom part of the stomach and go to the small intestine to be digested.
The band will need to be just the right tension so the food stays in the top to give the person a feeling of being full while allowing the food to pass to the bottom.
After gastric band surgery, the band is usually not very tight. In fact, a lot of people don’t feel like they feel any more full than normal. It is after gastric band surgery that the band is tightened and it is made effective.
After Gastric Band Surgery
After gastric band surgery, you will not feel well for a couple days. This is normal. You just had major surgery, so you can expect a certain amount of discomfort. You will just need to work through this pain.
Also, after gastric band surgery, you will need to follow a certain diet. This diet will be essential for the success of the surgery. You cannot get a gastric band and then eat the same. You will not lose any weight and will probably get very ill.
There is a chance your stomach and the band could become dislodged. After gastric band surgery, you will also have to get the band tightened or loosened as you lose weight.
This is an outpatient procedure, as the surgeon will have made a portal that allows for the filling or draining of the band. Saline is normally pumped in or out of the band too tight or loosen it, respectively.
In the end, you will find what you do after gastric band surgery is more important than what you did before it. You will have to change your entire way of eating and this can be difficult. Feeling full after small meals will help facilitate this loss.